Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Serious Is As Serious Does

It was a wild weekend in the Meme Household what with our fierce bidding war with Google for YouTube and opening our doors for the package delivery men dropping off all our Star Trek artifacts that we won at Cristie's.

No eBay, Cristies, but fun just the same.

We also spent part of our weekend answering reabid dog like comment from a meme participant who shall remain nameless. The interaction takes place in the comments section of our post dates 09.29.2006 or 29.09.2006 as is correct.

Be that as it may we are finding again and again that there are participants who take this little project far too seriously.

I enclose the following guide to assist you....

Here a scale list showing how seriously we are taken by some.

1 The Photo Meme Hall of Shame
2 The US Congressional Page Scandal
3 The International War on Terror
4 Genocide
5 Global Warming
6 Poverty
7 The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism...

and so on....Here is how serious the Photo Meme Hall of Shame SHOULD be taken

94537683 If dogs chase their tails, but I don't have a tail, what can I chase?
94537684 Wha? Huh? Duh?
94537685 How did all this lint get in my navel and what do I do with it now?
94537686 Will I ever find love?
94537687 The Photo Meme Hall of Shame

I hope this helps. You may cut these out and laminate them and carry them in your wallets, purses, camera bags for quick study later.

So why do we do it if we aren't serious about it?

We aren't serious about this little project but we are serious about the Photomemes.

And because we amuse ourselves.

We also find that the posting of off topic photos to photo memes is no worse than the frequent postings of Mr Viagara and Mr Cialis at poor lensday.com or the posting and voting of Mr Pix66 at Pxite.com

And the result? On topic entries are buried in so much photospam that the meme nearly becomes untenable. Frequent early postings to Photo Friday, which has grown so huge that if you are not in the first 20 or so posts, you do not get noticed. Additionally, the first 20 or so posts will get hundreds of hits making it all the more valuable to place PhotoSpam.

This blog arose out of a conversation among other photobloggers after a few weeks of particularly heinous and off topic entries.

If you think you listing in this blog brings you undue attention, you are incorrect. It only brings to your attention the attention that it is getting and talked about behind your back. And it IS talked about.

This little project lets you know that you are noticed and may respond if you like. We are as dense as lead many times and often completely miss the point as with Gardenlevel's privacy post.

And other times, when the defense consists of calling us and by extension, the photoblogging community, who talk about you behind your back,name, we will continue to call an entry what it is.

PhotoSpam.

If you have a post that you are particularly proud of, post it to your site, email your friends, join a flickr group.

But if you are only posting at random to photomemes just to have it seen - you will be called on it.

Why should Carlos have to remind people week after week as to what the Macro in macroday is about? It must drive him completely bonkers. It does us. How many time do we scream at our computer monitors "DAMN, THIS NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION - Oh...not...that. Wait..we scream: "DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT A MACRO IS??"

So, our suggestions: Do not take a listing here seriously, take your photography and/or your entries seriously. If you do choose to take this silly venture seriously, then heed it and stop posting off the theme or explain why it fits the theme to enlighten your dense as lead audience, because it is being talked about.

As an added service, if you are only posting PhotoSpam for exposure, then consider us to be more exposure.

Love,

Your noisy upstairs neighbors,

Memes, Monitor and Shame, Esq.

6 Comments:

Anonymous mr.snappiepants said...

Speaking of spam, when you are going to stop spamming my site with lame comments?

Are you seriously that desperate for attention?

In other news, did I ever make it clear to you that you're a piece of shit?

10:29 AM  
Anonymous mr.snappiepants said...

Also - I don't see how I fit into this "spam" category. I see far worse infractions on a regular basis - it doesn't bother me. Most people in this world are idiots - I've learned to live with it.

Putting me in the same catergory as some of those folks is rather insulting and I don't appreciate it. I typically mind my own business in the "photoblogging community" you so highly covet so I'm not sure why I'm being picked on.

That's why I'm pissed off.

Additionally, I don't appreciate your comment spam on my site. Further - I especially don't appreciate the comment spam you're leaving while hiding behind a proxy server (or service).

I'm left wondering - why don't you want people knowing your true identity. What do you have to hide?

Very truly yours,

Snappie "The Ultimate Warrior" Pants

10:30 AM  
Blogger memeshame said...

Pssssssssssst!

(pointing my index to my finger to my palm at the mouth foaming "mr. snappie "the ultimate warror" pants"" on the other side)

(whispering loudly)

THAT'S HIM! THE ONE WE WERE TELLING YOU ABOUT! FOR SOME REASON HE THINKS THIS WHOLE BLOG IS ABOUT HIM! ALL YOU OTHER PEOPLE WHO WE HAVE LINKED ARE FAKE AND WE ONLY PICK ON HIM!!

WE ARE SURE HE WAS VERY NICE BEFORE HE WAS BITTEN BY A RABID BAT SO GO VISIT HIS SITE BECAUSE HE TAKES NICE PHOTOS BUT DO NOT TRY TO LEAVE A COMMENT BECAUSE HE APPRENTLY HATES IT! ALSO, IF YOU FEEL WE HAVE COMMENT SPAMMED YOU BY SAYING 'NICE PHOTO'


(looking over my shoulder to make sure mr.snappie "the ultimate warrior" pants's straight jacket is still secure)

LET US KNOW!

Love,

Your noisy upstairs neighbors,

Memes Monitor and Shame, Esq.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Snappie said...

Why would I want you thinking I was sane? I'm delighted (truly) that my technique worked.

I have no need for traffic from your site. I get plenty for the simple fact that I take good photographs. Thank you for your consideration though.

In your various ramblings about my "Four" entry (I've noticed several on this site), you fail to mention that I've actually been a noteworthy in three other categories. I think all in all I've submitted to maybe 10? I know it's not that many... and I've only been part of this 'photoblog' nonsense since January. My ADD tends to lead me many places on the internet and photofriday is sometimes on that list. It also appears your site is on that list.

Regardless, a batting average of .300 isn't that bad, especially considering I'm not juicing. I certainly don't see how that's "photo spam" worthy.

I guess in some respects I can appreciate what you're trying to do. I just think you should have done some more homework before spotlighting my site.

My guess is that you're simply having trouble drumming up entries to spotlight so you take anything you can get without showing much prejudice. Assuming that perspective, I can only say that I'm glad I could help. I'm sure my antics haven't hurt business much.

My dinner just finshed cooking but I just had an interesting thought. One of your arguments is that your site helps generate traffic to the sites you list. You also claim that one of your goals is to eliminate the 'photo spam' on these memes. Are those not conflicting arguments? You seem to be rewarding the offenders. Am I missing something?

Hugs and kisses,

Snappie "Straight in your piehole!" Pants

1:05 PM  
Blogger LeggNet said...

Wow... passionate comments on this post. I'll make a note to keep my young children away from the PG-13 content of the comment section :)

I take this blog for what it is... fun and satire. I don't mind the mentions I have elicited from the MemeShame folks (me being "Mr. Gnet"). I take the view of There's no such thing as bad press. There are definately much bigger worries in my life then what is said on a blog about my photography.

I don't know who is behind this blog, though I have my suspicions. I have received comments on my blog from "MemeShame", but they have mostly been positive - nothing I would consider as blogspam.

Now for what I originally intended to say in my comment: Thanks for the many mentions and links, I appreciate it.

-Rich

1:44 PM  
Blogger memeshame said...

As far as your suspicions go, we are sure you have them. We have them ourselves. If we, by chance, meet in another venue, know that you are among friends and admirers, oh bollocks, you have enough admirers already drinking your Kool Aid. We read your comments. Just know that you are among people then, who appreciated your kind words today and the previously mention grace and dignity which have made you a friend to...

your noisy upstairs neighbors,

Memes Monitor and Shame, Esq.

4:35 AM  

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